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By Penny Sampson | Mar 16, 2020

I came across some 1980s annual town reports in the office this week. For me they are fun to read and see what has changed just in the last 30-odd years. I suppose it's all relevant to the times, but wouldn't it be nice if our monthly payment to Regional School Unit 3 were still $18,000/month instead of $117,000/month? Technology has changed and there are new laws, demands and mandates that didn't exist then. But what has not changed is that the annual town meeting has always been the most vital part in community governance. Yes, you elect selectmen to run the day-to-day operations, but we answer to you, and you make the decisions regarding the budget.

I'm sure you all have been inundated with COVID-19 news. Janet Mills has declared no unnecessary indoor gatherings of more than 50 people; we will be finding out today (Monday) if we can postpone the town meeting. I found some hand sanitizer at the Unity Shop 'n' Save today and bought a container just for town meeting. Someone asked me today if we could just do paper ballots instead of a meeting. Because the articles are amendable this is not an option. If the show goes on, town meeting is March 28, 9 a.m., at the elementary school. Don't forget voting for selectman is March 27.

Unity Barn Raisers "Empty Bowls" fundraising event Wednesday April 1, 5-7 p.m. at the Community Center. It supports hunger relief in our community. The cost is $10 and you will receive a delicious soup dinner and are able to take home a handmade bowl.

On Saturday April 4, 9-11 a.m. Unity Business Exchange is sponsoring an "Easter Hop Celebration." There will be egg hunting, a brunch, face painting, coloring and pictures with the Easter Bunny. You find the "golden egg" and win a special prize!

From Jason Johnson, our EMA director, "Springtime is a great time to be thinking of putting up a reflective sign on your house or mailbox . . . and the truly great thing is you can buy them right from the Town Office at wicked cheap prices.

"The time it takes to install a reflective sign is time well spent vs. waiting for an ambulance crew, firefighters or police officer to turn around after they've driven past your house since they couldn't tell what number was on your mailbox/house/etc."

The Maine Vintage Race Car Association (MVRCA) will be presenting a special award to the Knowles family at the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony coming up next month. The award is newly created by the MVRCA and named after the group's first president and founder, Bob Morris. The Knowles family will be the first recipients of the Bob Morris Legacy Award on April 18 at the Augusta Civic Center. Recently, Bob and Rae Jean Knowles donated a large quantity of Unity Raceway memorabilia to the MVRCA, including photos and souvenirs from the years the family owned the track. Congratulations!

Unity College Center for the Arts will host a show of paintings by Hilary Irons titled “The Spiral Staircase.” The show will run at the UCCA’s Leonard R. Craig Gallery through March 28.

The Unity College Woodsmen traveled to the University of Maine in Orono for a full day of competition on Feb. 29. Colby College, Dartmouth College, Maine Maritime Academy, Unity College, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine were represented by 15 men, women and Jack and Jill teams in a variety of strenuous events.

The Unity College women won the women’s classification overall and the men placed second overall in their division. I was on the Woodsmen team at UC. For one meet I had to decide whether to compete in the pole climb or tobacco spitting contest. Since heights really aren't my thing, I opted for the tobacco spit contest which included both men and women.. I finished in second place with a distance of 13 feet; not exactly ladylike!


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